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Educational Opportunities, Expert Faculty, and Vendor Exhibits Seen at the Mirage

Greaves, Kathleen A.

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: January 2015 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 34–36
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000457519.72027.65

Kathleen A. Greaves is Senior Managing Editor of Advances in Skin & Wound Care.

This year’s Clinical Symposium on Advances in Skin & Wound Care may have been in the desert, but it was no mirage! There were no illusions, rather the glittery gold reflections of the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, the host venue of the recently held 29th annual event. Attendees could choose from a variety of educational sessions during the day and plenty of entertainment options at night, whether it be a headliner show or a great restaurant. For those who wanted a break from the glitz and glitter, it took only a few steps into the backyard at the Mirage Hotel for one to discover the Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, with its white tigers, white lion cubs, leopards, and dolphin families.

Preconference workshops held before the main conference included a “Comprehensive Wound Care Review Course,” endorsed by the American Professional Wound Care Association, and “Driving Documentation to Payment: 7 Rules for a Compliant Wound Care Department.”

Attendees were welcomed to the symposium by Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWCN, APN, MAPWCA, FAAN, Symposium Program Director, and Richard Salcido, MD, EdD, course director. The main event began with an opening address on “What About Unavoidable Pressures Ulcers Is Unavoidable?” by Diane Langemo, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Laura Edsberg, PhD. The evening continued with the grand opening of the array of exhibits and posters and a buffet reception.

 Several special awards were presented the next morning (see 2014 Award Winners) before the keynote address, “Continuum of Care for Wounded Ill and Injured Service Members: From Battlefield to Reintegration” was delivered by Jennifer Town, MSN, RN, Captain, Nurse Corps, US Navy (Retired). Another 16 breakout sessions were held throughout the day, as well as on the second full day of events. A Poster Networking Event that also announced the award-winning entries (see 2014 Award Winners) was held in the evening. And a Writing Workshop titled “You Are the Message—Providing Resources for Your Patients Through Writing,” was presented by Stephen Sprigle, PhD, PT.

On the second full day of activities, the general session topic was “MMPs and How Collagen Balances Them to Break the Chronic Cycle of ECM Degradation,” delivered by Gregory Bohn, MD, FACS, FACHM, and Greg Schultz, PhD. In addition, the final conference day offered 3 general sessions: “Understanding the Wound Pain Trifecta: The Person, the Social Aspect, and the Regulatory Issues,” Richard Salcido, MD, EdD, and Kevin Y. Woo, PhD, RN, FAPWCA; “What Is Quality Wound Care and How Can We Measure It,” Caroline E. Fife, MD; and “Patient Voices/Patient-Centered Outcomes: Rethinking Evidenced-Based Practice,” Danielle Lavallee, PhD, PharmD.

Three complimentary events were also held during the conference. A breakfast symposium on “The Art of Healing Stalled Wounds with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy” was presented by Sunitha Nair, MD. This event was supported by Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics, St Petersburg, Florida. A dinner symposium on “The Evolution of Chronic Wound Management” was presented by John C. Lantis, MD, FACS; Lawrence A. Didomenico, DPM, FACFAS, FACFAOM, CWS; and Anthony Rycerz, PhD. The program was moderated by Sharon Baranoski, MSN, RN, CWCN, APN, MAPWCA, FAAN, and was supported by KCI, an Acelity Company, San Antonio, Texas. Martin Wendelken, DPM, presented a complimentary session on “Wound Mapping Ultrasonic Assessment Method,” which was supported by Hitachi Aloka Medical America, Inc, Wallingford, Connecticut.

2014 Award Winners

• The winner of the 2014 Sharon Baranoski Founder’s Award was Alameda Hospital, Alameda, California. Rosie Apura, BSN, RN, WCC, Wound Nurse Specialist, and her team from the Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcer Committee accepted the award. Funding for this award was supported by an education grant from Smith & Nephew Biotherapuetics.

• Winner of the 2014 Roberta S. Abruzzese Publishing Award was Barbara A. Pieper, PhD, RN, CWOCN, ACNS-BC, FAAN; Thomas N. Templin, PhD; and Allon Goldberg, PhD, PT, for the article “A Comparative Study of the Five-Times-Sit-to-Stand and Timed-Up-and-Go Tests as Measures of Functional Mobility in Persons with and without Injection-Related Venous Ulcers.” Dr Pieper is professor/nurse practitioner, College of Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan. Dr Templin is a professor and Dr Goldberg is an associate professor at Wayne State University. This award was supported by an educational grant from Advances in Skin & Wound Care.

Gregory A. Bohn, MD, FACS, received the 2014 Outstanding Peer Reviewer Award. Dr Bohn is medical director, The Center for Wound and Hyperbaric Medicine at West Shore Medical Center, Manistee, Michigan. This award was supported by an educational grant from Advances in Skin & Wound Care.

• The Eric P. Kindwall Award of Excellence in Clinical Hyperbaric Medicine was presented to Thomas E. Serena, MD, FACS, MAPWCA. Dr Serena is medical director and chief executive officer of the Serena Group Inc, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This award was supported by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.

Kevan Corson, CHT, CHWS, received The Kenneth Locklear Visionary Award. This award was supported by the American College of Hyperbaric Medicine.

A total of 143 posters were presented this year. Awards were given for the top posters in each of 4 categories: original investigation, case study/series, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and education/system/other.

Original Investigation: Poster 82:“A Strict Protocol-Based Approach to Treat Pressure Ulcers in SCI Patients—An Outcome Analysis,” by Amar H. Choudry, MD; Mary Murphy, MA, RN, CWOCN; Ryan Mello, PhD; and Jean Dominique Morancy, MD.

Case Study/Series: Poster 77:“Surgical Incision Management System with Customizable Dressing Following Immediate Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction,” by Allen Gabriel, MD, and Steven Sigalove, MD.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Poster 42:“Clinical Effectiveness of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy,” by Supaporn Opasanon, MD; Warut Pongsapich, MD, Dr Med; Sitthichoke Taweepraditpol, MD; Bhoom Suktitipat, MD, PhD; and Apirag Chuangsuwanich, MD.

Education/System/Other: Poster 128:“Identifying Cocaine-Induced Skin Necrosis,” by Nancy Bodycote, BSN, RN, CWCN

Symposium photos/courtesy Mary Dunbar, Kathleen Greaves, and Jeffrey A. Niezgoda, MD.

Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins extends a special thank-you to the following organizations for their support of this year’s meeting: 3M; Advances in Skin & Wound Care; American College of Hyperbaric Medicine; American Professional Wound Care Association; CircAid; DermaSciences, Inc; Hitachi Aloka Medical America, Inc; Hollister Wound Care; KCI; Kinetic Casting Solutions; Smith & Nephew Biotherapeutics; and Solaris Medical.

Although the 2014 conference recently closed, we’re already busy planning for our 2015 symposium. Save the date now for September 18 to 21, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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